Some time ago my attention was directed, purely by accident, to the possible value of iodine given internally in the treatment of disseminated lupus erythematosus.
I was called in consultation to see a patient suffering with this disease, the diagnosis having been made by Libman and Sacks and confirmed by two dermatologists. I suggested, among other things, that a thorough laboratory investigation be made for possible foci of infection. About two weeks later I was amazed to see this patient enter my office, seemingly perfectly well and without a vestige of his former generalized eruption. He had come in to ask my advice about his going to Atlantic City for a rest. The patient stated that since I had seen him he had been given some sort of dye in preparation for roentgenograms of the gallbladder and a gastrointestinal series. The dye had made him deathly ill, producing severe
CANNON AB. TREATMENT OF LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS DISSEMINATUS BY INTERNAL ADMINISTRATION OF IODINE. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1945;51(1):26–31. doi:10.1001/archderm.1945.01510190031004